Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school affiliated with the Illinois Institute of Technology. It is the second oldest law school in the state of Illinois. It is ranked 91st among U.S. law schools, and its trial advocacy program is ranked in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report as the fourth best program in the U.S. According to Chicago-Kent's 2014 American Bar Association-required disclosures, 85% of the 2014 class secured a position six months after graduation. Of these 248 employed graduates, 172 were in positions requiring passage of the bar exam.
== Rankings and honors ==
The 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Chicago-Kent College of Law:
10th Intellectual Property Law
10th Legal Writing
11th Part-time Law
3rd Trial Advocacy
3rd highest rank in Chicago AreaRecent Leiter's Law School Rankings placed the law school:
37th Based on Faculty Quality, 2003-04 (tie)
30th Top 50 Faculties: Per Capita Productivity of Books and Articles, 2000–02Vault's 2007 Top 25 Most Underrated Law Schools ranked the law school:
4th Most Underrated Law School in the U.S.The Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Team won the 32nd and 33rd annual National Trial Competition Championships.
Members of the Chicago-Kent Moot Court Honor Society won the 58th and 59th annual National Moot Court Competitions.
Chicago-Kent maintains the Midwest's highest ranking Environmental & Energy Law program.
== Degree programs ==
Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program
J.D. Certificates and Concentrations:
Environmental and Energy Law
Intellectual Property Law
International and Comparative Law
Labor and Employment Law
Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Public Interest Law
J.D. Focused Areas of Study:
Entertainment and Technology Law
Financial Services Law
Health Law, Policy and Bioethics
Personal Injury Law
Real Estate and Land Use
Tax and Estate Planning
Graduate LL.M. Programs
Financial Service Law
International and Comparative Law
International Intellectual Property Law (First such degree to be offered by a U.S. law school)
Joint Degree Programs
J.D./LL.M. in Taxation
J.D./LL.M. in Financial Service Law
J.D./M.B.A. (IIT Stuart School of Business)
J.D./M.S. in Financial Markets (IIT Stuart School of Business)
J.D./M.P.A (Master of Public Administration)
J.D./M.P.H. (Master of Public Health, with UIC)
Bachelor's/J.D (with UIC)
Bachelor's/J.D (with Shimer College)
== Institutes and Centers ==
Center for Access to Justice & Technology
Center for Information, Society, and Policy
Center for Open Government
Global Law and Policy Initiative
IIT Center for Diabetes Research and Policy
Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future
Institute for Law and the Humanities
Institute for Law and the Workplace
Institute for Science, Law and Technology
The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) and Oyez Project are headquartered at Chicago-Kent
== History ==
1886Several law clerks receive tutorials in Appellate Judge Joseph M. Bailey’s chambers to prepare for the newly instituted Illinois bar examination. The evening sessions evolved into formal classes and, in 1888, the establishment of Chicago College of Law, the second law school in Illinois. Judge Bailey was selected as the school’s first dean.
1894Ida Platt graduates with honors from Chicago College of Law, and soon becomes the first black woman admitted to the Illinois bar--and only the second woman of color admitted to practice law in the United States. She later helped establish the Cook County Bar Association, the nation’s oldest African-American bar association.
1895Appellate Judge Thomas A. Moran is named Chicago College of Law’s second dean.
1895Marshall D. Ewell founds Kent College of Law, named for Chancellor James B. Kent, author of the influential Commentaries on American Law. Ewell serves as the school’s first and only dean.
1900Chicago College of Law merges with Kent College of Law, to form Chicago-Kent College of Law. Dean Thomas A. Moran of Chicago College of Law is named the new joint law school’s first dean.
1902The founding chapter of Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) is established at Chicago-Kent. PAD, the world’s largest law fraternity in the 21st century, has its roots in the charter chapters of Lambda Epsilon Fraternity at Kent College of Law and Chicago College of Law, which consolidated when the schools merged to form Chicago-Kent College of Law.
1903Appellate Judge Edmund W. Burke is named Chicago-Kent College of Law’s second dean.
1912Chicago-Kent College of Law moves to rented space in the 116 North Michigan Avenue building, where it remains for the next 12 years.
1918Webster H. Burke ’03 is named Chicago-Kent’s third dean.
1923The Chicago Kent Review begins continuous publication under the direction of Dean Webster H. Burke. Several years later, it adopted its current name, the Chicago-Kent Law Review. The publication began as the Anthenaeum Law Bulletin, one of the nation’s first law reviews.
1942The Student Bar Association, the law school’s student government, is organized and affiliated with the Illinois Law Student Association and the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division. Officers and student representatives are elected each year from the student body.
1949Webster H. Burke steps down after nearly 30 years’ service as dean of the law school. Donald Campbell ’21 is named Chicago-Kent’s fourth dean.
1956William F. Zacharias ’33 is named Chicago-Kent’s fifth dean.
1961Ralph Brill joins the faculty.
1969Chicago-Kent merges with Illinois Institute of Technology, becoming one of the few U.S. law schools affiliated with a technical university.
1970Fred F. Herzog is named Chicago-Kent’s sixth dean. During his tenure, the Chicago-Kent Law Review begins to publish an issue focusing on the work of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The Law Review continued this theme annually for nearly two decades.
1974Chicago-Kent faculty member Lew Collens is named Chicago-Kent’s seventh dean.
1976Chicago-Kent starts the nation’s first in-house, fee-generating law school clinic, in which a faculty of practicing lawyers engage students to work on real cases under the discipline of practice conditions.
1978Chicago-Kent pioneers the three-year legal research and writing program, which is now emulated at law schools across the nation.
1981Chicago-Kent establishes the Graduate Program in Taxation and the Graduate Program in Financial Services Law, the first LL.M. program in financial services law in the United States.
1983Chicago-Kent establishes the Center for Law and Computers, becoming the nation’s first law school to make the computer an integral part of the study of law. Many of the applications of technology now taken for granted in the law school classroom were pioneered at Chicago-Kent.
1983The Library of International Relations, one of the nation’s most extensive
repositories of international documents, announces its affiliation with IIT and its relocation to Chicago-Kent.
1991Richard A. Matasar, a federal jurisprudence scholar, is named Chicago-Kent’s eighth dean.
1992The Library of International Relations dedicates its new facility in Chicago-Kent’s new building at 565 West Adams Street.
1997Henry H. Perritt, Jr., an expert in information technology law, is named Chicago-Kent’s ninth dean.
1997Chicago-Kent launches the Global Law and Policy Initiative, which spearheads programs designed to promote a better understanding of the evolving global environment and to strengthen democratic institutions worldwide.
2002Chicago-Kent is awarded the 2002 Diversity Award by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity for the law school's continuing commitment to diversifying the legal profession.
2003Chicago-Kent alums head the National Lawyers Association, National Hispanic Prosecutors Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Cook County Bar Association, Illinois Judges Association, and Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago.
2003Chicago-Kent establishes the country’s first LL.M. program in international intellectual property law. The one-year program offers international and domestic lawyers an extensive education in all aspects of contemporary intellectual property practice.
2003Harold J. Krent, an expert in administrative law, is named Chicago-Kent’s tenth dean after serving as associate dean for five years and interim dean for one year.
== Notable alumni ==
Robert Sengstacke Abbott, 1898. Founder of the Chicago Defender
Pablo Almaguer, former Chair of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors
Anita Alvarez, former Cook County State's Attorney
Stanley C. Armstrong, 1911. former Illinois state representative
Esther Dunshee Bower, 1902; co-founder, Illinois League of Women Voters
Anne M. Burke, 1983. Illinois Supreme Court Justice
J. Herbert Burke, 1940. U.S. Representative from Florida 1967-1979
Frank J. Christensen (attended), American labor leader
Frank J. Corr, Acting mayor of Chicago, March 15, 1933 – April 8, 1933
William L. Dawson (attended), U.S. Congressman
Billy Dec, nightlife entrepreneur
Peter K. De Vuono, 1934, Illinois state representative and lawyer
Samuel Ettelson, 1897. Illinois state senator and attorney
Harris W. Fawell, U.S. Congressman
M. G. Gordon, Businessman, inventor, and social theorist
Robert J. Gorman, 1940. Attorney
Oscar Raymond Holcomb, 1892. former Justice of the Washington Supreme Court
Randy Hultgren, 1993. Republican U.S. Representative for Illinois' 14th Congressional District
Charles P. Kindregan, Jr., legal author, professor, expert on modern family law
Florence King, the first female patent attorney in America
Weymouth Kirkland, Namesake partner of Kirkland & Ellis
Carolyn H. Krause, Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
Abraham Lincoln Marovitz, 1925. Appointed to Federal Court for the Northern District of Illinois by President John F. Kennedy, 1963
James T. Londrigan, Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court from the 4th district.
Richard B. Ogilvie, 1949. Illinois Governor, 1969–1973
Maria Pappas, Cook County Treasurer.
Kwame Raoul, Illinois Attorney General
Larry Rogers, Jr., commissioner on the Cook County Board of Review
Peter Roskam, 1989. Republican U.S. Representative for Illinois' 6th Congressional District
Ilana Kara Diamond Rovner, 1966. First woman appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, by President Bush, 1992
Jim Ryan, 1971. Former Illinois attorney general
Bob Schillerstrom, DuPage County Board Chairman
Nathan B. Spingold, vice-president of Columbia Pictures
James E. Strunck, 1950. Illinois state senator and judge
Chad Taylor, District Attorney for Shawnee County, KS
Charles H. Thompson, 1918, Chief Justice, Illinois Supreme Court, 1945, 1945, 1949, 1950
Arthur Wilhelmi, 1993. Member of the Illinois Senate
Bruce Wolf, sports journalist
== Notable faculty ==
Michael T. Cahill, Dean of Brooklyn Law School
== Employment ==
According to Chicago-Kent's official ABA-required disclosures, 89.9% of the Class of 2015 obtained employment nine months after graduation. Chicago-Kent's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 20.9%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.
== Costs ==
The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Chicago-Kent for the 2013-2014 academic year is $64,867. The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $239,727.
== Publications ==
Chicago-Kent Law Review
Chicago-Kent Journal of Environmental and Energy Law
Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal
Illinois Public Employee Relations Report
Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property
Seventh Circuit Review
The Journal of International and Comparative Law
Satyam: The Chicago-Kent College of Law's Journal on South Asia and the Law (Satyam was founded in 2011 by Chicago-Kent's South Asian Law Students Association. It is believed to be the first law journal of any American law school to focus exclusively on South Asian and South Asian American legal affairs.)
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